Key Benefits To Having Skylights
- Brighter homes with natural daylight
- Fresh air & ventilation
- A better view & privacy
- Improved comfort and health indoors
- Architectural statement
Skylight Repairs/Replacements Services
- Curb Mounted Skylights
- Self Flashing Skylights Systems (Velux)
- Repair and Replace Skylight Flashing Systems
- New Installations
- Temporary Skylight Repairs (Emergency Roof Leaks)
- Solar Power Skylights
- Sun Tunnel Insulation Solutions
- Condensation Reduction
- Feature Additions, Blinds, and Shades
- Skylight Tunnel Insulation evaluation
- Skylight Care, Cleaning and Operating Component Maintenance
- Skylight Inspections and Reports
What are my Options When Installing a Skylight?
There are three main types of skylights: Tubular, Fixed and Ventilated.
Tubular skylights are an affordable option that brings daylight into areas where traditional skylights and windows can’t reach. Sometimes called ‘sun tubes’, ‘sun tunnels’, and ‘solar tubes’, these have become a cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly way because they reduce the need for electricity. They are best suited for areas where fixed or ventilated skylights would be too large.
How Much Light Do I Need?
Fixed skylights capture abundant daylight for rooms in which maximum lighting is the only requirement and are perfect for making areas look bigger and brighter than they really are. They come quality constructed with gaskets to drain any condensation to the outside and come in a choice of glass and wooden frames.
Venting skylights open for fresh air and contribute to a home’s proper moisture balance and comfort by allowing air to be released. The hot air accumulating at the ceiling is replaced with cooler, fresh air drawn in below. Venting skylights are also known as operable or retractable because they can be opened manually or by a motor per the homeowner’s needs.
How Do I Know If My Skylight Needs a Repair or Replacement?
This often depends on what kind of skylight you have. Self sealing skylights are normally designed to be replaced when the roof is replaced. These types of units are cheap and used primarily by builders or low ball roofing contractors who are merely surviving selling only on price. We are fixing these almost daily. If you are having your roof replaced by a contractor you should insist that this type of skylight is upgraded to one of the following.
Engineered self flashing skylight systems can be removed and re-installed in case a service is required to either the skylight or the roof. Just as important, if the roof or skylight happens to be installed incorrectly a professional can properly re-install it correctly. We know this happens a lot.
Curb Mounted Skylights work independently of the roof, the actual skylight can be replaced or serviced without dismantling the roof.
Over the years, many things can go wrong with skylights: glass fails, gaskets shrink, flashing comes loose and the skylight starts to leak. Many skylight leaks begin when water makes its way into the skylight itself, into the flashing around the skylight, or the flat roof membrane that goes up the curb. When the water then freezes, it expands causing the gap to expand and after a few seasons of this expansion and contraction, your skylight will start to leak.
Other problems that can come from your skylight are condensation from poor insulation, too much heat, mold from constant dampness or your roof membrane could rot and air could get in resulting in decreased energy efficiency.
Don’t be afraid; a properly engineered skylight installed by a professional can last for years with minimal maintenance or service. The value you receive from the natural light and fresh air far outweigh the minimal maintenance when installed correctly.
Why Are We Happy to Help? Because We Know Skylights!
If you think you have a problem or might need a service call to fix or repair your leaky skylight contact us today to book a service call with one of our professionals to inspect and asses your needs.